South Windsor Feasts on Rockville

SOUTH WINDSOR- Something had to give.  Coming into Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day matchup, both Rockville and South Windsor were 0-10.  One of these teams would head to their Thanksgiving dinner with a win, the other with a 0-11 record.

The South Windsor Bobcats made sure Thursday that they would be taking their turkey with a side of victory as they cruised to a 39-0 win over the visiting Rams in the area’s oldest Thanksgiving Day rivalry.

“We wanted to win this more than anything,” senior running back James Nyarko said.  “We have been through a lot this season, I wouldn’t want to get this win with any other team.”

Nyarko’s return in Thursday’s game was a huge lift for the Bobcats.  Nyarko had missed the last five games due to injury and had been an offensive leader for South Windsor before his injury, rushing for 876 yards with 9 touchdowns.  The senior would finish Thursday’s game with 14 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown.

“It was good to see him come back and finish his senior year,” South Windsor head coach Mike Bullock said of Nyarko’s return.

“No matter what injury, I wouldn’t have missed this game for anything,” Nyarko added.

Nyarko’s presence was clear early.

On just the second play of the game, Nyarko ran the ball 40-yards for a touchdown.  With an early 6-0 lead, the Bobcats would never look back.

“These guys came out and played hard from the opening kickoff,” Bullock said.  “These guys were more than ready for today.”

South Windsor quarterback Ryan McDonald would take over the game after Nyarko’s touchdown.  With 5:03 remaining in the first quarter, McDonald ran the ball 19-yards for a touchdown giving his team a 12-0 lead.  McDonald had a monster game for South Windsor in his final appearance, finishing 3-5 for 77 yards and a touchdown in the air, and carried the ball 6 times for 55 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

“It felt really good,” McDonald said of the win, adding, “This is my final game ever so it really meant a lot to me.”

South Windsor’s defense played extremely well.  The Bobcats were able to keep Rockville in their own territory most of the game and the Rams never had a realistic opportunity to score.

Junior Deniro Edwards would add a rushing touchdown for South Windsor, and Mike Kelley would score on a 62-yard pass from McDonald, enough to give the Bobcats a comfortable 39-0 victory.

With the win, the Bobcats finished with a record of 1-10 while Rockville fell to 0-11.  South Windsor also improved their lead in the all-time series, which they now lead 23-18-1.

“I was glad we could finally get our whole team together, all season we have been dealing with injuries,” Bullock said.  “They kept a positive attitude.  They worked hard through adversity.”

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